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Higher Education (2005)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2005-06-15

Duration: 00:56:57

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | HIGHER EDUCATION | Taylor Opportunity Program for Students


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Musick, Mark Interviewee
  • Brandt, Jim Interviewee
  • Bumphus, Walter Interviewee
  • Griffin, Paul Speaker
  • Haynes, Thomas Speaker
  • Schuetz, Katherine Speaker
  • Mills, Judy Speaker
  • Bonner-Davis, Janice Speaker
  • Dobbs, Kristin Speaker
  • Foster, Myrtle Speaker
  • Raborn, William Speaker
  • Vukovics, John Speaker
  • Savoie, Joseph Panelist
  • Clausen, Sally Panelist
  • Jackson, Edward Panelist
  • O'Keefe, Sean Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from June 15, 2005, features Beth Courtney leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on higher education in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Mark Musick, the president of the Southern Regional Education Board; Jim Brandt, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR); and Dr. Walter Bumphus, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The audience members then discuss: their educational experiences; the reasons for the low graduation rates at the state’s colleges and universities; and the TOPS program. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Joseph Savoie, the Commissioner of Higher Education; Dr. Sally Clausen, the president of the University of Louisiana System; Dr. Edward Jackson, the chancellor of Southern University in Baton Rouge; and Dr. Sean O’Keefe, the chancellor of Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. They discuss: course scheduling; the importance of advising students; transferring credits between schools; the TOPS program; proposed legislation to allow colleges and universities to manage their own tuition rates; and outreach to their communities.